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Politics

Rates and taxes to be increased after Local Govt Elections

Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan Wednesday night signaled that residents in towns and neighbourhoods would  eventually have to pay increased rates and taxes after properties are re-valued following the upcoming Local Government Elections. “Of all of the factors, money is the most important one and therefore determining and establishing the revenue base  if Councils is a priority,” he said. In ...

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Stamp out gold smuggling, procurement fraud to pay Joint Services higher salaries

Shadow Junior Finance Minister, Juan Edghill Wednesday called on government to stop gold smuggling and stamp out claimed procurement fraud in order to find millions of dollars to pay increased salaries to the Joint Services and other government employees. Contributing to the debate on the 2016 National Debate, he said even if the smuggling of 15,000 ounces of  gold per ...

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Komal Chand claims Wales factory the same as Uitvlugt, Blairmont & other factories

The Head of the Guyana Agriculture Workers Union (GAWU) and People’s Progressive Party (PPP) MP Komal Chand has disclosed that the sugar factory at Wales Estate is the exact same as the ones at other sugar estates. Chand made the statement while delivering his offerings on the 2016 Budget debate where he flayed the government over the decision to close ...

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Budget flayed over lack of initiatives for women

People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament Dr Vindhya Persaud says she will be forced to withhold her support for Budget 2016 since it lacks tangible projects for the empowerment of women. Persaud made the statement as she delivered her take on the 2016 Budget during the debates on Wednesday. The third speaker for the day, the MP indicated that ...

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Cathy Hughes, Gail Teixeira square off over “willy-nilly” dismissal of public servants

For a second consecutive year the dismissal of hundreds of Amerindians under the Community Support Officers (CSO) programme took center stage during the Budget debates as Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira accused the government of the “willy nilly” dismissal of contract workers. Teixeira, who opened the debates on Wednesday, was quick to criticize the government’s hiring of more contractual workers ...

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Embattled Westford warns ‘don’t throw away the baby with the bath water’

Controversial People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) Member of Parliament Dr Jennifer Westford delivered her maiden speech in the 11th Parliament on Tuesday, using the opportunity to urge the Guyana government to do right for the people. Westford who is currently before the courts on two dozen charges of fraud amounting to GYD$694M delivered her address to the House without any heckles ...

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Head-to-head: Guyana’s health politicos offer Zika battle plans

Shadow Public Health Minister, Dr. Bheri Ramsaran Tuesday criticized government for failing to put sufficient measures in place to tackle the mosquito-borne Zika Virus that scientists believe is responsible for brain deformity in babies in neighbouring Brazil. “Nothing for vector control, that is a sick situation,” quipped Ramsaran, a former Health Minister, during his contribution to the 2016 Budget Debate. ...

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Speaker upbraids Neendkumar, Cornel Damon

After disregarding cautions issued by the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland during the debates on Monday, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament (MP) Cornel Damon was upbraided on Tuesday afternoon. On Monday as Damon rose to give his contributions to the Budget, he began to invoke the name of the President in his remark. The Speaker ...

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‘No ink’ delays Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry Report

The presentation of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry Report to President David Granger on Monday hit a snag because the ink being used to print the document has finished. “Commissioner of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry,Sir Richard Cheltenham did not submit the COI Report to President David Granger, as was scheduled to happen today. Sir Cheltenham reported that ...

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“Guyana will blossom” and “the vampire budget” – Debates continue

Two hours into the debates for Budget 2016 and the heckles and loud laughter from Parliamentarians were evident as both sides of the House erupted at different points. Regional Opposition MP Michael Carrington rose to speak on the Budget stating that development in Guyana is evident to those who have sight. “I am seeing development all over Guyana. The only ...

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